• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: High Cholesterol Can Be Borderline or High

    When measuring total cholesterol levels, high cholesterol is classified as anything above 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). If the cholesterol level falls between 200 and 239 mg/dL, it is considered borderline-high risk, and physicians will generally recommend changes to diet and exercise. If the cholesterol level is above 240 mg/dL, the patient increases the risk of heart disease by two-fold.

    On the Other: Total Cholesterol Numbers Are Not the Only Numbers

    When measuring cholesterol levels, the American Heart Association suggests considering levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL)--the "good" cholesterol--and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)--known as the "bad" cholesterol--and triglycerides (fat). Some individuals may have increased HDL, LDL and triglycerides, but not increased total cholesterol levels.

    Bottom Line

    High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol varies according to age, weight, and genetic factors with each individual. Consulting a physician about the appropriate levels and treatment options are important for a healthy heart.


    Cholesterol Levels

  • Total over 200
  • over 200
  • 600 trillion is too high.

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